Opioid related deaths totaled 20,101 in 2015. Sales of prescription pain relievers in 2010 were FOUR TIMES those in 1999. There is no longer a debate regarding IF there is an opioid crisis, rather the question has become, “How can we fix this?”.

This is not only a current hot topic nationally, but in our Traverse City, MI community as well. Opioids interact on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain. Often times addiction can start innocently, with patients seeking help from their Medical Doctor for musculoskeletal pain or injuries. The numbers are astounding, and lead us to think of alternatives for these pain killing prescription drugs.

Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art as  it pertains to healing and nervous system function. Upper Cervical Chiropractors focus on the intimate relationship between the first two bones in the neck and a vital portion of the nervous system called the brain-stem. The interrelationship between these structures is absolutely essential to the body’s ability to promote and restore health. Science tells us that the brainstem acts as a switchboard operator between the brain and body, relaying nerve signals to every cell, tissue and organ in the body via the spinal cord and nerves. A misalignment  here will disrupt communication between the brain and body, and if not corrected, can lead to decreased function and healing potential.

These misalignments can be caused by car accidents, falls, sports, poor posture, excessive emotional or chemical stress, and most commonly birth traumas. Upper Cervical Chiropractors take great care in determining where a misalignment is, and then correct the misalignment with a precise gentle adjustment. Three-dimensional digital x-ray analysis allows for the adjustment to be done with extreme specificity without any twisting, cracking, or popping.

According to a large cohort study in 2011 from BMC Journal of Musculoskeletal Disorders performed with 1,090 patients, those under Upper Cervical Care reduced overall pain levels by an average of 63%! In addition, those with headaches reported a 68% improvement. However this was not because we treat their back pain, headaches, vertigo, high blood pressure or any of her other symptoms. Those individuals began experiencing relief because their head was now on straight and their body was beginning to function better.

Everything that happens in our body, from heart rate to the immune system, is dependent on how well our nervous system is functioning. The nervous system, comprised of the brain, brain-stem, spinal cord, and nerves is collectively coined the ‘Houston Control’ of the body. It is directly responsible for how well our bodies function, adapt to their environment, and heal. This makes the nervous system, or ‘Houston Control’, the most fundamental element of health.

Contact our team at Shift Chiropractic in Traverse City today!



3055 Cass Rd. Ste 102B
Traverse City, MI 49684

P: 231.846.8897



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Tues:   7:00am-10:00am
Wed:    3:00pm-6:30pm
Thurs:  7:00am-12:30pm

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